It's all about the teachers

While I’m on the subject of teachers, here are a couple of recent eye-opening and thoroughly depressing stories from the teachers’ PR firm, Radio NZei.

The last line of the first story sums things up perfectly. Principals are unhappy the Government is focusing on getting kids into jobs through trades academies, rather than continuing to chuck money at schools which aren’t doing the business.

Secondary schools principals unhappy

Principals are unhappy with the impact of a funding change on some secondary schools.

Radio New Zealand‘s education correspondent says this year the Government is recalculating funding for schools every three months. The move is expected to save up to $6 million per year.

It says it is too early to know the effect of the change, but some principals say it is proving to be mean-spirited

They say schools cannot afford to lose the money and additional roll counts are adding to their workload.

The principals say the new system punishes them for initiatives that help students find jobs and apprenticeships.

The second story says teachers are tired because they had to wait just a little while longer for their long holidays. Boo-hoo.

Teachers and children tired by long school terms

Some teachers say learning is suffering as they and their pupils near the end of an unusually long first half to their school year.

School terms were reorganised around the dates for the Rugby World Cup, with two more weeks of teaching in the first half of the year.

The change means schools do not begin their winter holiday until Friday 15 July, but some teachers and principals doubt much quality learning will happen, because students are tired.

Post Primary Teachers’ Association official Julia Davidson says schools are worried about the the fourth term.

“I think that’s the biggest concern, we’ll have kids back at school for two weeks and then they’ll go to NCEA exams.”

The fourth term will be two weeks shorter than normal and primary and secondary teachers say they will have to squeeze a lot into that time.

Cry me a river of tears. Teachers only ever think about themselves and especially the union organisers of this mob. If I was education minister I would go all Chris Christie on their miserable lives.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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